There is no shortage of places to enjoy a good meal and a night out in Chiang Rai. City restaurants serve Northern Lanna influenced food with a few options based on dishes from Myanmar and China’s Yunnan Province. International favourites like burgers and pizzas are available at a select few eateries. When it comes to nightlife, Chiang Rai is not on a par with Chiang Mai or Phuket yet still features enough venues to suit most tastes. The listings below detail the five best places to eat and the five best places to drink in Chiang Rai (Muang) City District.
Last Updated: November 2018
THE TOP FIVE PLACES TO EAT IN CHIANG RAI
A little north of the King Mengrai Monument, Salung Kham is the restaurant to head for if wishing to sample the genuine tastes of Northern Thailand. The menu here features favourites including nam prik ong (chilli and pork dip), sai ua sausages, river-fish cooked in banana leaves, barbecued chicken and pork, and geng hang lay curry. Guests have the option of dining indoors or outdoors.
Salung Kham: #834/3, Phaholyothin Rd., T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 10:30-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 717 192, +66 53 602 155 | Website
Located on Phaholyothin Road and just a couple of minutes on foot from the Night Bazaar, Da Vinci Ristorante offers authentic Mediterranean and Italian dishes. Pizzas baked in a wood fired oven plus the likes of lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs are all created from natural ingredients. Greek salads with feta cheese, tasty desserts and a collection of imported European beers are added incentives to schedule a visit to Da Vinci Ristorante.
Da Vinci Ristorante: #879/4, Phaholyothin Rd., T. Rop Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 12:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 86 543 6693 | Facebook
One of several Mae Kok riverside dining establishments, Leelawadee offers superior culinary experiences. Dishes such as spicy yam salad with seafood, giant catfish with herbs, Northern lab minced pork with spices, tamarind infused snakehead fish, tom yam spicy soup and seafood curry in coconut offer genuine tastes of traditional Thai cooking. Wines, live music and the chance of dining on the riverside patio round off the assets of Leelawadee.
Leelawadee: #58/2, Moo 19, T. Rop Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 11:30-24:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 6000000, +66 85 645 4264 | Fax: +66 53 748 321 | Website | Facebook | Email
Lab Sanam Keela is another popular Chiang Rai restaurant at which to sample great Lanna dishes. Yang ruam (mixed barbecue) with spicy sauce, steamed beef, tom seb spicy soups, and fried tabtim (ruby fish) are a small selection of the dishes on the menu at Lab Sanam Keela. The restaurant is on Naarsanarmkeera Road and around two kilometres from the Night Bazaar.
Ran Lab Sanam Keela: #123, Moo 22, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 87 173 2498, +66 80 134 7877 | Website | Facebook
The Moommai is an upmarket restaurant set in verdant gardens with a menu featuring standard Thai and Northern Lanna dishes. Sai ua sausages, som tam spicy salad, tom yam gung and a good selection of curries are highlights here. The Moommai is centrally located and about 200 metres from Oub Kham Museum and the Sunday street market on Sankhongnoi Road.
Moommai Restaurant: #64, Moo 16, T. Rop Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 11:00-14:00 & 17:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 716 416 | Facebook
THE TOP FIVE PLACES TO DRINK IN CHIANG RAI
A popular venue in Chiang Rai’s tiny nightlife zone, the Lamyai is an open-air streetside bar. The emphasis at the Lamyai is on cheap drinks and televised live sports fixtures. Patrons have the choice of sitting on bar-stools or at covered tables on the side of the street. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Lamyai Bar: Jetyod Rd., T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 15:00-24:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 85 038 298
A larger premises located on Soi Thai Viwat, the Aussie is a hospitable establishment offering a full range of spirits and beers, a pool table, live sports and attractive hostesses. The bar is less than five minutes on foot from Chiang Rai Clocktower.
Aussie Sports Bar and Grill: #869/37, Thai Wiwat Rd., T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 17:00-03:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 96 653 5693 | Facebook
SanFran was a welcome addition to options for nights out and decent food when it opened back in 2015. The bar at the Sanfran is housed in a VW camper van and the seating area is outdoors. This bar is noted for the quality of its burgers, chunky wedge style French fries and a diversity of music. Cocktails, Thai beer and Beer Lao are the main drink offerings.
Sanfran Burger and Beer: Phisit Sa Ngun Alley, T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 18:00-22:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 86 659 5076 | Facebook
Kaffee Hub is much more than a coffee shop and is a popular night spot for locals and foreigners alike. Cocktails and chilled beers, live music in the evening, and a food menu with dishes ranging from French fries to spicy papaya salad and meat with basil leaves over rice are key attractions at the Kaffee Hub. An added bonus is a prime location at the Clocktower roundabout.
Kaffee Hub: #528, Moo 2, Baanpa Prakan Rd., T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 08:00-24:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 82 574 5999
The Cat is a long-established bar on Jed Yod Road and is decorated with beer and travel related memorabilia. An extensive collection of spirits and beers, a pool table, friendly staff and good music ensure this bar is a must when enjoying Thailand’s legendary hospitality in Chiang Rai.
Cat Bar: #1013/1, Jed Yod Rd., T. Wiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Open: 14:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 95 450 4044 | Facebook